Policies for use of Silicon Valley campus facilities

Policies apply to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

The NASA Research Park is a shared facility, including many other companies, residents, and agencies; please be respectful in common areas and do not disturb tenants in other buildings. Access to NASA Ames Research Center and Moffett Field is limited to authorized personnel only. Restricted areas are marked with security fences and gates.

For questions about the use of CMU facilities in Building 23, or to contact our NASA facilities liaison, email facilities@sv.cmu.edu.

Food and drink policy

Eating and drinking are permitted in the general and office areas of Building 23. Food and drink are prohibited in Room 118, Room 211, and Room 212.

Door locking, and lock-out policies

An active CMU ID card is required for access to the campus buildings. Student CMU ID cards work as a swipe key to enter Building 23 during business hours. Building 23 business hours are weekdays 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. All doors are locked on weekends and during holidays.

Locked-out procedures

If you are locked out of your office, lab or student room, first please see if you can find a fellow student or faculty/staff member to let you in. If you cannot find someone, contact NASA Security following the steps below.

Note: Access to offices and labs is restricted to individuals authorized to be in those spaces. Only staff or faculty will be let into their individual offices. To gain access to lab space you will need to show the officer the lab's room key or swipe card upon entry. Officers will deny access to unauthorized individuals.

  1. Contact NASA Security dispatch at 650-604-5416
  2. Security will meet you in the room. You will be asked to show the officer your CMU ID card as identification. If your ID is locked in the room you can show it to the officer upon entry.
  3. The security officer will escort you into the room and wait while you collect your personal items. If you need to stay in the room to work, you will be asked to show that specific room key to the officer.
  4. The security officer will lock the door and log the incident.

After contacting NASA, if there are any issues with the response or procedure, you may also contact:

Stacy Marshall, 408-306-9417
Steven Rosenberg, 650-302-3284

Bicycles & Scooters

Please secure all bicycles and scooters at racks, located behind Building 23. DO NOT lock bikes or scooters to stair railings or bring bicycles and scooters inside Building 23.

Electric bikes and scooters may be charged at the bike rack closest to CMIL that is equipped with electrical outlets. DO NOT charge bikes or scooters inside the building. Move your vechicle once charged so that others may use the charging space.

Cyclists (including scooter riders) must follow all bicycle operation and equipment laws.

  • Helmets are required for any cyclists entering the NASA Research Park.
  • Never use earbuds/headphones while operating any vehicle
  • Bicycles should be equipped with a white headlight on the front of the bike, red tail light on the rear of the bike, and side reflectors. Powered lights are also required if riding at night or when it is dark. Nighttime safety light kits with LED lights are available online or at major sporting goods/retail stores.
  • All bikes must also be equipped with a brake that enables riders “to make one braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.”
  • Riders failing to comply with these laws will be ticketed.

More on CA Bicycle Law Equipment Requirements from the CA DMV

Abandoned bicycle/scooter removal policy

CMU-SV will follow the following procedure for the removal of abandoned bikes/scooters on campus. 

  • Three times a year, at the end of each semester, facilities will announce to the allstudents email list that bikes/scooters left in the bike racks or elsewhere on the CMU-SV campus during the specified period will be tagged.
  • Any tagged bikes/scooters still left after two weeks will be considered abandoned and will be removed from the racks.
  • Abandoned bikes/scooters will be stored for 90 days and may be reclaimed by their owners during this time.
  • After 90 days, any broken or damaged abandoned bikes/scooters will be disposed of.

Owners seeking to claim a bicycle or scooter that has been removed from a CMU-SV rack must contact facilities@sv.cmu.edu


No pets are permitted in Building 23, except service animals as allowed by law.

NASA smoking policy

The following Smoking Policy applies to everyone who enters NASA/NRP/Moffett Field.

Smoking is permitted outdoors in designated smoking areas ONLY:

Bldg 23 - At the back of the building, on the east side near the parking area.

Observe all posted signs regarding smoking and non-smoking areas. If you do smoke outside in a designated smoking area, please extinguish cigarettes and dispose of any cigarette butts in the ash receptacles provided. DO NOT throw waste on the ground. Do your part, please help keep the environment clean. Note compliance is mandatory.

Smoking is not permitted under the following conditions:

  • At any time inside any ARC-owned building or leased facility.
  • In government vehicles.
  • Applies to all employees and non-employees alike.
  • Permitted only in outdoor areas, except in places where smoking must be prohibited for operational or safety reasons (i.e., hazardous/flammable material areas, etc.)


There is no fee or permit required for parking in the NASA Research Park. Park only in designated spaces in lots behind Building 23, or on the side of the street along Akron Road in green zones only. Obey all signs and follow directions of any NASA security personnel. Do not park in the Wescoat Village streets or neighborhoods.

Note: Long-term parking is not allowed on campus. NASA Protective Services policy allows for parking up to the maximum of 18 hours.

Electrical vehicle charging (Due to open September 2024)

There are 8 rapid electrical vehicle chargers located at the NASA Visitor's Center by the main Moffett Field gate.

In case of emergency

Contact NASA Dispatch

From on-campus office phone: 911
From cell phone: 650-604-5555

After reporting, immediately contact
Steven Rosenberg, 650-302-3284
or Stacy Marshall, 408-306-9417 

Non-emergencies: call NASA Protective Services at 650-604-5416 

Building evacuation

NASA procedures and university policy require total evacuation if an alarm is sounding. Evacuation route maps are posted throughout Building 23. Learn your evacuation routes and exits in advance. Know at least two ways out of your area.

Exit quickly and in an orderly fashion. Do not use the elevators.

Once outside, move away from the building to the designated assembly area so you can be accounted for. If you are in a classroom please stay with your group so your teacher can account for your presence. Do not return to the building when the alarm is turned off. Instead, wait for instructions from emergency personnel that it is safe to do so.